6171 - Distorted Reality

The NYT had an interesting opinion piece by Paul Krugman recently: โ€˜Iโ€™m OK, but Things Are Terribleโ€™. It’s a good read, unless you don’t read Krugman on principle. But even then ๐Ÿ˜

He makes the point that, according to all indicators, the US economy is doing extraordinarily well. World-class, given recent history and how everyone else does. At the same time, people, and not only Republicans, claim that the economy is terrible. How is that?

He explains that most people, asked about themselves, say they’re OK, but they are convinced everyone else is suffering. And that’s how the lie, fuelled by “conservative” media works: Even if you don’t suffer, other people do. Don’t believe your experience, believe us.

I’ve put “conservative” in quotes, because everywhere outside the US, the NTY is seen as pretty right wing ๐Ÿ˜›